Posts Tagged ‘Alco RS3’

Alcos on the Gettysburg Railroad

July 29, 2022

Gettysburg Railroad Alco RS3 No. 56 and No. 1559 are in Aspers, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 21, 1978. The 56 was used on the Pennsylvania short line between 1978 and 1983. It is now on static display at the Railroad Museum of Long Island where it has been given roster number 1556.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Under AC Tower in Marion

March 28, 2022

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 1023 pulls a westbound train past AC Tower in Marion in December 1966. AC controlled crossings involving four railroads. Aside from the EL, trains of the New York Central, Norfolk & Western, and Chesapeake & Ohio passed by AC Tower when this image was made.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Finding Something Special

March 14, 2022

Even in the winter of 1967/1968, Mike Ondecker and I knew this was special. As far as we knew at this time, Erie Lackawanna No. 7254 was the EL’s last operating Alco FA. It is shown here on the point of an amazing lash-up that includes an Alco FA, Alco RS3, EMD F3B and an EMD F3A. This train is heading eastbound in Kent. I’m thankful to have this memory.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Repowered Alco on Conrail in Canton

February 10, 2022

The wayback machine has landed us in Canton on Nov. 1, 1981, where we find Conrail 9931, an EMD-engine repowered Alco RS3, leading a westbound on the Fort Wayne Line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An RS3 in Akron

January 24, 2022

The late Mike Ondecker made this image of Erie Lackawanna Alco RS2 No. 1009 in Akron in 1968. Note the Railway Express building behind the locomotive.

Photograph by Mike Ondecker

EL Monday: Sitting at the Akron Engine Facility

October 25, 2021

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 1014 is shown in Akron in January 1973 at the engine facility of McCoy Street Yard. In three years the EL would be folded into Conail, which would eventually raze and remove most of the EL infrastructure in Akron.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Night Photo Shoot on the Buffalo Southern

October 25, 2021

After seeing the article about the 2010 night photography outing with Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 at Fitzwater, it prompted me to look up my early attempts at night photography.

I found several sessions from 1984. When Dan Pluta still lived in the area, I teamed up with him, Marty Surdyk, Robert Surdyk and John Surdyk for one of those night photo shoots.

The May 26, 1984, event was arranged by Dan. At this time the RS3 that was previously on the Adirondack was operating on the Buffalo Southern (ex-Erie) out of Hamburg, New York.

We rode it six miles down to Eden to conduct our makeshift night photos using existing light and flashlights.

For a first time the results were pretty good. It’s hard to say which outing was a favorite. This and others to follow over the next week or two are probably all favorites.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

EL Monday: An Alco in Hornell

September 27, 2021

Erie Lackawanna Alco RS3 No. 1043 is shown in Hornell, New York, in July 1973. It was built in April 1951 as Delaware, Lackawanna & Western No. 905. It would be conveyed to Conrail where it held roster numbers 5259 and 9949.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: An RS3 in Marion

June 7, 2021

Erie Lackawanna RS3 No. 1044 is in Marion in the late 1960s passing the Marion Union Station. Behind me is EL’s Marion Yard with its diesel shop.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

EL Monday: Sunning Itself in Marion

December 21, 2020

The late Mike Ondecker and I rode the Erie Lackawanna’s Lake Cities to Marion in December 1967 where we found RS3 No. 1008 sunning itself in the snow-covered area in front of the diesel shop.

Photograph by Robert Farkas